Gaming computer build need sanity check

Building my 1st gaming computer trying to keep it around $700 to $800.

MotherBoard

MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

The motherboard will support

CPU AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor

Video card VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM

Power SupplyAntec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

HardDrive Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD burner SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Case RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

Am I missing anything? OS will be Windows7 64bit
Again this is my first build, so I'm open to recomendations. I want to game.
thanks
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  1. Is there a build that doesn't have Ripjaws? lol. Nope.

    Swap the HDD out for Samsung F3.

    If you wanna game, get at least a 1GB DDR3/5 gpu. HD 4870 does have 1GB versions. If you must, downgrade the PSU (overkill) to 500W (supports HD 5870) & upgrade GPU to HD 4890 1GB at the minimum or even better HD 5770 (DX11). And mobo to this:

    MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    The primary objective is to optimize your gaming performance - GPU.
  2. p55ibexpeak said:
    Is there a build that doesn't have Ripjaws? lol. Nope.

    Swap the HDD out for Samsung F3.

    If you wanna game, get at least a 1GB DDR3/5 gpu. HD 4870 does have 1GB versions. If you must, downgrade the PSU (overkill) to 500W (supports HD 5870) & upgrade GPU to HD 4890 1GB at the minimum or even better HD 5770 (DX11). And mobo to this:

    MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    The primary objective is to optimize your gaming performance - GPU.


    Thanks for the help. Here is what I've got now
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Xtreme Design w/ CrossfireX support, DDR3 1800 OC

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

    AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

    Windows7 64bit
  3. That looks good.
  4. ^ Agreed. Pull the trigger.
  5. Thanks for the help. I now will "pull the trigger" :sol:
  6. Will I need a CPU cooler with this set-up. Not sure if I will over clock (not sure how to).
    Thanks for the help. Here is what I've got now
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Xtreme Design w/ CrossfireX support, DDR3 1800 OC

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

    AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

    Windows7 64bit
  7. Nope, you can use the stock AMD cooler. It's audible. You can turn on cool & quiet in bios to lower the cpu speed & temp & fan noise.

    The important thing is you got the right core components for a gaming rig.

    You're welcome & have lotsa fun.
  8. p55ibexpeak said:
    Nope, you can use the stock AMD cooler. It's audible. You can turn on cool & quiet in bios to lower the cpu speed & temp & fan noise.

    The important thing is you got the right core components for a gaming rig.

    You're welcome & have lotsa fun.


    Thanks. I can't wait to start putting the system together.
  9. one thing tho you want a sata dvd drive not ide
  10. obsidian86 said:
    one thing tho you want a sata dvd drive not ide



    Nice catch! I am ordering tomorrow!

    Another question. Will I need a modem? I currently use DSL. If so what would be a good choice

    thanks again
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